A day after a former Baylor basketball player was arrested for attempting to extort Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Griffin said he will remain on his guard for people trying to target him.
The man who was arrested, Richard Hurd, threatened to go public with what he was claiming was some type of derogatory information about Griffin unless Griffin paid him a substantial sum of money. Griffin and his representatives went to the authorities, and Hurd was arrested. Without going into specifics about Hurd or the case, Griffin made clear in comments to reporters today that he’s going to be vigilant when people go after what he has worked hard to earn.
Griffin said that for him, the trick of being an NFL player will be continuing to enjoy spending time around his fans while also setting boundaries. He said in that respect, he’s no different from other NFL rookies, all of whom may now be targets from people they knew before they were rich and will now want some of that money.
“You’ve got to be careful with who you trust,” Griffin said. “There’s a fine line between guarding yourself and being guarded. I think I do a pretty good job of guarding myself, even with this situation. It’s just something unfortunate that happened so I think guys can learn. It’s just something that everyone can learn from and just move on.”
From all indications, Griffin handled a bad situation about as well as anyone could. Which means other “vultures” would be wise to avoid RG3.